Survival Guide to Meltdown Free Holiday Shopping

Holiday shopping with a bunch of little kids in tow is simply not fun. It’s certainly one of the things about the holiday season that I’m not looking forward to. Which is why I wrote a post for Citi bank over at Babble the other day the detailed my tips of meltdown free shopping.

Which is kind of funny. Because on the one hand, I’m certainly no expert when it comes to shopping. But when it comes to meltdowns? I an aficionado. If you’d like to read this post, which was sponsored by Citi, I hope you’ll head over to Babble by clicking THIS LINK.

Learning to give back during the holidays: the empirical edition

Two years ago now, I took my oldest and one of her friends camping to this mountain lake I love. It’s a rugged area, the campsites all primitive, steeped in nature. Steeped in beauty. We stayed for three nights. As you can imagine, there’s a lot to bring on such a trip. So much, in fact, that I didn’t have room to take any wood.

“What are we gonna do?” she asked.

“I know a place — don’t worry.” And I did. Just before the road that twists and turns to our campsite, there’s a 180-degree, right-hand turn you can make that takes you away from the water and straight up what is essentially the side of a mountain. After a quarter mile or so, the road dips down and offers a gravel drive on the left — one that cuts through a valley of sorts.

It’s here you’ll find a collection of dilapidated trailers, a few broken down cars resting upon cinderblock pillars, a mangy-looking dog or two and this:

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